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We are the UK association for all those who research, study and teach global development issues

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What is Development Studies

What is development studies and decolonising development.

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Our Members

We have around 1,000 members, made up of individuals and around 40 institutions

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The DSA Conference is an annual event which brings together the development studies community

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Our conference this year is themed "Social justice and development in a polarising world"

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Past Conferences

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Study Groups

Our Study Groups offer a chance to connect with others who share your areas of interest

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Students and ECRs

Students and early career researchers are an important part of our community

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Our book series with OUP and our relationship with other publishers

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North-South Research

A series of workshops exploring North-South interdisciplinary research with key messages and reports

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Membership Directory

Find out who our members are, where they are based and the issues they work on

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GDI News – January

A Decade of Effective States Research 

It’s clear that politics matters to how countries develop.

But there is little consensus about what this actually means. For a decade the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre at The University of Manchester has explored how politics shapes development across a range of settings and sectors, and what this means for politics and social justice.

ESID has covered 26 countries and worked with research partners in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Malawi, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and the USA, funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

As the project draws to a close ESID has collated and summarised its key research and findings, which are presented on a revamped project website.  


Johan Oldekop and colleagues have released a new study in Nature, outlining 5 megatrends which will affect forests and the communities which rely on them over the next decade. 

Bina Agarwal has a new open access article in The Journal of Rural Affairs, which focuses on group farming and post-socialists economies. 

Jessica DiCarlo and Seth Schindler wrote a piece for Global Policy on the new LEADS Act in the US and what it means for economic confrontation between America and China. 

Seth is also advertising for PhD opportunities with him to study ‘The New Cold War’. Full details can be found here

Chris Rees and Kate Rowlands co-chaired the 14th Annual EIASM Colloquium on ‘Organisation Change and Development’

Pritish Behuria penned a blog for ROAPE focusing on Mauritius and The rise of African Financial Centres